The plot of land Ian Somerhalder wants to buy and use for his animal sanctuary/sustainable farm has been threatened. Actually, forget threatened. It’s on the verge of extinction. Now, he needs our help.
The 195 acres that Somerhalder wants to use is, right now, destined to become a transfer station and business park. He’s asking the twitterverse for help to save the pristine property from becoming a concrete eyesore.
On twitter the actor wrote, “Twitterverse!I need you help its about saving the ISF sancuary!Pls read this article:I need residents of Lacombe LA&st Tammany parish(cont) To stand with me on Monday Sep10th at council meeting to stop this Industrial Park!Come join me-as many as possible!” [sic]
This land holds special meaning for the star. It’s near where he grew up and learned to love nature. Somerhalder added in a phone interview, “This is my home turf. Let’s let this property go back and feed the people. Take the 28 acres — I’ll give it to you. We can build the transfer station. Just don’t let this phenomenal piece of property become an industrial park.”
Based on the article “The Vampire Diaries” star linked to, the man who is expected to buy the property, Chris Jean, is open to talking about other options. His lawyer said that as a businessman Jean would listen to whatever Somerhalder has to say. We don’t know if those two will be talking, but we do know that the actor plans on being at the St. Tammany Parish Council meeting Monday September 10th at 6pm. He hopes that ISF supporters from the local area will gather there to show their support.
Earlier this year Somerhalder had the opportunity to buy the land when Jean’s option had expired. Unfortunately, while lots of money was raised for the sanctuary, it wasn’t enough to make the buy.
We certainly hope all of this can be worked out. Not just for Somerhalder’s dream to create a sanctuary. (Although obviously that would be the best case scenario.) But to save a beautiful chunk of nature, which as of right now serves as a habitat to plants and animals who don’t want to be displaced for more industrial nonsense.
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